Keeping the music alive by working together
  • Friday 24 August 2012

Sunshine Coast Council will help ensure the longevity of the Peregian Originals event by working with the event organisers to source alternative venues that better suit the growing popularity of this homegrown event.

Council agreed today that the concerts would continue in their current format and location until the end of the year. However, over the next five months, council will work with the organisers - East Coast Originals - to source alternative locations so that from next year other parts of the Sunshine Coast region will also be able to share the enjoyment of the Originals’ concerts.

Council’s decision means that while the two a month concerts will continue at Peregian Beach Park for now from January next year (2013) the number of permitted concerts will reduce from 24 to 12 per year – or one concert each month, at this venue. The permit will also allow the organisers to replicate 12 events at one or more alternative locations on the Coast.

Councillor Stephen Robinson, who placed the recommendation on the table, said that the decision was a good compromise in that it will help reduce the long-term impact on the local community, venue and environment at Peregian Beach Park while allowing the event to continue to grow and establish itself at a new venue with facilities better suited to its size and growing popularity.

"Council has never questioned the popularity of this event or the contribution it makes to the cultural and economic fabric of the Coast," Cr Robinson said.

"And today’s decision is not about stopping this unique local event – it is about ensuring the venue suits the event’s needs.

"We recognise the popularity and success of the Peregian Originals event and want to work closely with the organisers to ensure the event enjoys a long life on the Sunshine Coast.

"When you consider the growing popularity of the event, and from the support garnered by the event organisers in support of this event, we can expect this event to continue to get bigger and better so you can understand why it has been important to assess the future implications of it being held here twice a month.

"It’s basically a fantastic event – which council wants and does support.

"We have to find a balance between the community’s desire for local music events and the impact of having such a large event in a local park while ensuring this beautiful park is shared and enjoyed by everyone for its original intent."

Council undertook a comprehensive consultation and review process to understand all related issues before making today’s decision.

Both the organisers of the Peregian Originals events and local residents have had the opportunity to address council, specifically in relation to the constraints of the venue and the impacts of holding the event frequently at that venue.

Council also considered the East Coast Originals’ long term business plan, the matters raised in the officer’s report tabled at the Ordinary Meeting on 28 June 2012, and the results of the permit monitoring undertaken at the Peregian Originals Concerts held twice monthly at Peregian Beach Park.

Cr Robinson said reducing the number of events at Peregian Beach Park would still mean 12 great concerts for the community to enjoy while acknowledging the need of local residents to have a reprieve from the issues that are inherent in a large scale event including noise, traffic and parking.

"Council’s decision today will see the East Coast Originals issued with a permit to allow six concerts, held twice a month at Peregian Beach Park for the period 1 October 2012 to 31 December 2012, and a further permit to allow six concerts, held once a month at Peregian Beach Park for the period 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013," Cr Robinson said.

"The permit holder will be required to fully comply with all permit conditions. Should an event be cancelled between 1 January 2013 and 30 June 2013 due to wet weather on the first Sunday of the month, council will allow the event to occur on the third Sunday of the month.

Council also endorsed the continuation of quarterly meetings with adjoining residents and these meetings be coordinated and chaired by Division 11 Councillor Russell Green.